Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Practice Makes Perfect: A Narrow Climb
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Psalm 24:3 (NKJV)
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:14 (NKJV)
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk.
Psalm 143:8 (NKJV)
We know Jesus is the Way, and the way is hard. We must follow His lead, carry a cross, cover the earth, communicate love... and smile in the process--because Good News requires a smile.

We must risk our lives to find His peace. To sit in safety is not our commission. We must move.

But it's how we move that matters most: not how fast, how far or how high--but how we look in the process. Not only does God watch every step we take, so do 'A great cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1).*

Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider yourselves high fashion models on a runway. God invented style and Jesus perfected it. Eventually, your walk will be perfected, too.. if you practice every day. Therein, 'Rise up and walk' (Luke 5:23), and...

'Walk at liberty' (Psalm 119:45).

'Walk as children of light' (Ephesians 5:8).

Walk blamelessly (see Luke 1:6).

'Walk orderly' (Acts 21:24).

'Walk humbly' (Micah 6:8).

'Walk prudently' (Ecclesiastes 5:1).

'Walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7), 'That you may walk worthy of the Lord' (Colossians 1:10).

'Walk in truth' (3 John 1:4).

'Walk in love' (Ephesians 5:2).

'Walk in newness of life' (Romans 6:4).

'Walk in the Law' (Psalm 119:1).

'Walk in the Spirit' (Galatians 5:16).

'Walk in His ways' (Deuteronomy 8:6).

'Walk just as He walked' (1 John 2:6).

'Walk after the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 13:4).

'Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called' (Ephesians 4:1).

'Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside' (Colossians 4:5).

'Walk through the valley of the shadow of death' (Psalm 23:4).

'Walk through the fire' (Isaiah 43:2).

'Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you' (Deuteronomy 31:6).

'As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore' (Psalm 125:2)...

In the narrow climb is the highest style.

## Practice Makes Perfect: A Narrow Climb (Part 9)

* All Bible quotes within the body of this devotion are NKJV.

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, 'Practice Makes Perfect.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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